West Midlands

Construction output in the West Midlands is forecast to grow at an annual average rate of 1.3% between 2017 and 2021. Employment is expected to grow at an average of 0.4% a year in the five years to 2021, also marginally trailing the UK average of 0.6%.

  • Growth is expected to focus on the Public non-housing sector at 3.6% in the short term
  • Employment is forecast to grow by an annual average of 0.4% 
  • The West Midlands has an Average Recruitment Requirement of 2,800

Download the 2017-2021 Construction Skills Network report for the West Midlands  (PDF, 1MB) 

What does this mean for construction jobs? 

This means that demand for some trades will be higher than others. The jobs most in demand over the next five years, in the West Midlands, are:

  • Wood trades and interior fit out staff – 690
  • Other construction professionals and technical staff  – 450
  • Labourers - 320
  • Other construction process managers – 310
  • Electricians and installers - 230

What’s CITB doing to bridge the gap? 

We’re committed to helping construction employers deliver the pipeline of work faster, better and more efficiently. Using our evidence base on skills requirements, we will ensure employers can access the high quality training their workforce needs. 

We will also help construction attract and retain new recruits. Working with industry we’ve launched Go Construct, a web portal showcasing all of the great career opportunities available in our sector.

CITB is also improving our funding to employers, through a reformed grants scheme that invests in the most needed skills and makes it easier for companies of all sizes to access funding.

How can you benefit? 

If you’re keen on building and want a fulfilling and financially rewarding career delivering some of the iconic projects in your area, visit Go Construct.

To find out how to access grants to train your workforce, visit CITB funding.

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